Art (and rooms) imitating birds – decorating tips from our feathered friends

This month our enduring fascination with colour has been piqued by French Feather artisans Plume de Panache.  The outfit, run by founder Caroline Mesellaty in Paris, works with artisans to create artworks using bird feather, whose simple beauty is all about the fine balance of colour, pattern and texture.


The process of creating each one-off art work begins with bird feathers that are selected from around the world for the plumassier to painstakingly clean then tint, burn or bleach to create the finished composition. The feather or feathers are pressed between two panes of glass in hand-made frames – some featuring just a single majestic feather and others containing several chosen to work harmoniously together.

In addition to the art itself, is the inspiration behind the works – an ongoing moodboard shared by Plume de Panache on Instagram that explores the idea of nature (and specifically feathered creatures) inspiring architecture and interior design.

Across the account, a different family of tones is explored in around six images that leave you with the distinct impression that you could, if you fancy it, decorate a room according to the colours of a particular bird.  Or, as Plume de Panache might persuade you, select a one-of-a-kind feather work that will complement the colour scheme you have at home.

The interplay of different types of buildings featured is stimulating and often surprising – for example, the below greens feature both Álvaro Siza’s statuesque Pavilion Expo in Lisbon and Vanessa Branson’s decorative Marrakech hotel El Fenn.

While some of the moodboards feature more tried and tested colour combinations, others prompt you to want to play with new themes – black with brown and touches of burnt orange for instance….

…and soft blush tones with browns and blues.


Follow here to keep up with new ideas for your interior as well as some invaluable escapism into the world of birds and nature.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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